Some time ago, I experienced the loss of a very close friendship. Circumstances had caused friction and thus, the split. I remember to this day the physical sensations which had assaulted me.  I couldn't quite catch my breath. My vocal cords tightened so much I had a hard time swallowing. In the center of my chest, I felt a peculiar ache. It's hard to describe it exactly so forgive me if I sound a bit melodramatic  -- a pain that did not sting, a cut that did not burn, but a hurt that burrowed inside of me. When I discussed this in one of my writer groups, after all, the physical abnormalities lasted for a couple of days, a mental health professional told me, "It sounds like you had a traumatic event which may very well be a broken heart. "

A broken heart. As authors, we use the words to describe a character's plight but perhaps we forget that our stories are ripped out of the pages of real life. 

The words of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It?" ask a question about why fall in in love when a heart can be broken? In fact, she says, "Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?" 

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Published by Parker J Cole